Old Pictures Telling Stories

old pictures

Old pictures say a LOT.

Like these…
Age 16 – Age 36

And I never really woke up and changed until 29.

Wreck-less and wrecked for so many years. It took me a long time to really hit rock bottom – because – when it comes to bad, for me it had to get so bad that I no longer had a choice but to change…

And then, I met Jesus.

Read His Word.
Understood it.
Memorized it.
Believed it.

Saw Clearly for the first time…

And believing was easy because I felt His presence and heard Him calling me to something greater…

But success does NOT happen in a straight line; and everyone has a past they’re not particularly proud of.

It takes time to heal wounds.
It takes time to build back trust.

It takes time to REALLY BELIEVE you CAN be forgiven.

Some things “sorry” just doesn’t fix.
Some times wounds have to heal over time.

What matters is what you do TODAY.
What you WILL do tomorrow.
And what you do DAILY.

Your past does NOT have to define you!!
If you stick to a present that reflects your new path, you will CREATE a new future for yourself.

Change is possible for ANYONE.

But you have to work for it. You have to sacrifice doing what you WANT to do for what’s RIGHT.

You have to find a way to keep the “old you” where she belongs…

A distant memory.
A good laugh.
As a testimony.
A lesson to learn from and teach.

Instead of burying the past, use it.
Share your story.

It can help someone else & I would BET it will HEAL you in the process.

And remember – never give up on someone… there is always hope, and there is always a new day each morning.

Fit.
Free.
Forgiven.

What’s your story?

I Used To BEE A Worrier

worryCan I just say… I used to be a WORRIER.

Not just a little bit. I mean, I used to worry a LOT. I worried about the future. I worried I would get sick or that my kids would get sick. I worried about what people thought of me.

I had anxiety. Not just in my mind but PHYSICALLY. In my chest. Like someone was reaching into my chest and grabbing their fist around my esophagus.

I also partied a lot. I stayed up toooooo late ALL. THE. TIME. I was filling my mind with garbage and my body too. And I was miserable.

Finally, when I was at rock bottom – I saw God for who He really is and I realized that it was He that was leading me to that place for quite some time.

I’m headstrong… “Hard headed” my Grandmother would have said in Italian.

LauraI NEEDED to crash and burn in order to finally be HUMBLED. To finally be forced to hold my tongue. To be introduced to the TRUTH – finally.

I was sent to an all women’s Christian Discipleship program in the middle of the desert in California where I had to rough it with only the essentials – I was stripped of my pride and I was empty.

But Praise Him who filled me up there.

Praise Him for letting me see for the first time something that had been right in my face all my life.

His WORD. His TRUTH. His COMPASS.

That’s all I needed the WHOLE time.

I don’t worry so much anymore. And my anxiety is something that when it comes – I just wait for it to go and I know that its NOT in control of me.

God is.

The greatest mystery and the greatest gift for me has been my salvation. Since then – its all been so much easier.

Rick warren said, “The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.”  … and this is SO true!

Trust. Believe. Pray.

If I can do this – YOU can too!  For I don’t fear the future now; but rather, I look forward to each new day with my heart full – visualizing the days, months, years, and eternity to come.

Celebrating SEVEN Year’s of Salvation

I have been celebrating SEVEN years of Salvation this week!  

April 19th is a joyous and nostalgic day for me because it marks the SEVEN year anniversary of my adult Baptism.

Baptism 🔹Seven years ago I had been given the choice to go into a 60 day women’s Christian discipleship program or go to jail – and I chose the program of course!

🔹Seven years ago I had just read the New Testament cover to cover in this book right here that they gave me.

🔹Seven years ago I was studying each chapter of the book of John and copied it down on paper – one chapter daily.

🔹 Seven years ago my eyes were opened to the truth and I repented of all the MESS of SIN that I had done in my life.

🔹Seven years ago accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal savior.

🔹 Seven years ago was when my life REALLY began.

I’m not ashamed of my past.

I’m not afraid of what’s to come.

I rest knowing that God is in control and I praise Him DAILY for breaking me.

Sometimes we need discipline.
Sometimes we need tough love.

Sometimes life seems like it’s eating us alive. A downward spiral. Out of control.

But I want you to know something…

You are NEVER too bad to be saved.
You have NEVER gone too far to be redeemed.

You CAN be born again.

A New life,
A new way,
LESS of you,
but more of Him.

All you have to do is confess your sins, admit that you have messed up, believe that He rose from the dead, and then simply ask Jesus to be Lord of your life.

Then YOU belong to Him!

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ becomes a new person….
it doesn’t matter what you’ve done!

Your old life will be gone; your new life will begin…

Praise God for His second chances and His unlimited Grace.

Nothing I am and nothing I have accomplished would have or COULD have EVER been possible without it.

Amazing grace,
How sweet the sound…
That saved a wretch like me

I once was lost…
But now I’m found

Was blind but now I see.

Now THAT’S something to celebrate!

BIG things are coming! I can feel it.
And I know he’s not finished with me yet.

Thank you Jesus!!! 🎉
You deserve 100% of the glory.
Now and for what’s to come.